Top States to be a Home Inspector

By Kevin Wagstaff • May 16, 2020 • 2 min read

top states to be a home inspector
  • Arizona and North Carolina come in as the top states to be a home inspector
  • Maine, Montana and North Dakota came in at the bottom
  • Data is based on number of homes sold in April (Zillow) divided by the number of registered InterNACHI inspectors in each state

We love data.

There are 600 MLS in the US. All with different data sharing contracts with Zillow. Getting accurate sales data is near impossible.

Zillow seems to be the closest source of truth so it’s what we’re rolling with.

(FWIW: When I compared the sold numbers to the MLS here in CO, it was pretty close.)

The Full List

State # of NACHI Inspectors Zillow April Closings (a/o 4/29) # of Inspections/Inspectors
Arizona 282 8571 30.4
North Carolina 447 10661 23.9
Connecticut 146 2405 16.5
District of Columbia 25 405 16.2
Illinois 742 11990 16.2
Massachusetts 161 2505 15.6
Nevada 168 2577 15.3
Minnesota 286 4098 14.3
Iowa 174 2238 12.9
South Carolina 386 4899 12.7
Rhode Island 56 684 12.2
Nebraska 67 805 12.0
Virginia 515 6029 11.7
New Jersey 501 5847 11.7
Kentucky 220 2564 11.7
California 1478 16436 11.1
Oregon 343 3542 10.3
Ohio 885 8173 9.2
Washington 707 6497 9.2
Wisconsin 304 2749 9.0
Pennsylvania 762 6841 9.0
Georgia 1066 9433 8.8
Arkansas 116 1011 8.7
Oklahoma 350 2956 8.4
Delaware 50 418 8.4
Louisana 184 1308 7.1
Alabama 358 2426 6.8
New York 728 4873 6.7
Florida 3545 22642 6.4
Tennessee 635 3997 6.3
Maryland 614 3808 6.2
Michigan 719 4328 6.0
South Dakota 67 378 5.6
Missouri 427 2356 5.5
Alaska 37 203 5.5
Kansas 194 1059 5.5
New Hampshire 189 1031 5.5
Indiana 479 2407 5.0
West Virginia 135 636 4.7
Colorado 1122 5105 4.5
Mississippi 148 667 4.5
Hawaii 67 277 4.1
New Mexico 140 529 3.8
Texas 1659 5910 3.6
Wyoming 57 196 3.4
Idaho 271 931 3.4
Vermont 60 194 3.2
Utah 265 767 2.9
North Dakota 64 184 2.9
Montana 150 419 2.8
Maine 222 437 2.0

How This Data Can be Used

Most inspectors don’t know what percentage of market share they own.

When they do, I’m impressed. More inspectors should know these numbers. Hence this research.

I think every home inspector that has visions of growing needs to know their market’s numbers.

How many listings and closings are happening each month, and how much share of that you’re getting. Or want to get.

This should be extremely motivating to existing inspectors (in any state) to see how many closings are happening each month.

If you’re thinking about getting in the home inspection game..

Then this data might be helpful to you. If there is high number of home sales and low number of home inspectors, like in Arizona for example, then it could be a good place to become a home inspector.

Keep in mind we are just starting to track this data so take it for what it’s worth. April was a wacky month to do COVID-19. We will continue to seek out accurate and updated data as the year progresses.

Notes on the Data

  • This was done under the assumption that most home inspectors are members of InterNACHI. (90+% of surveyed Spectora users are members of InterNACHI) ASHI doesn’t publish their numbers. Data could be skewed in states were ASHI is more prominent.
  • Some states may have underreported closing data from Zillow, due to contracts with different MLS platforms.

Do you think your state is a great state to be a home inspector in? Let me know in the comments!

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Kevin

Co-founder at Spectora
Kevin spends his days chatting with home inspectors, writing, making videos and working with a kick-a$$ team of folks that are delivering value every day.
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